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Jews For Harbus

I’ve never been particularly religious. Sure, I was bat-mitzvah-ed, I go to temple on the high holidays, I attend Passover seders (although try to boycott those that exceed twenty minutes), I utter the occasional Yiddish phrase, and I went to religious school on Wednesday afternoons at the most reform temple in Manhattan (so reform, it…

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Hillary Rodham Clinton Addresses KSG's Institute of Politics

Exactly six months after the September 11 terrorist attacks, New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed a capacity crowd at the Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics. In a speech mostly revolving around the consequences of the War Against Terrorism, but also touching on many other current political issues, Senator Clinton emphasized the potential…

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Giving Up Mythologies: The Bridge to Peace

“The one thing that is unmistakable is that we are watching an escalatory cycle that has no endpoint. We’re as close to what it looked like before 1948 than we’ve been since that time.” So warned Amb. Dennis Ross in his opening remarks to a standing-room-only lunch audience in Spangler Auditorium last Monday. Amb. Ross,…

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A Time for War, and a Time for Peace

Over the past two weeks, a healthy debate emerged in the Harbus regarding one of the most sensitive and emotionally charged topics within the realm of international affairs: the Israeli-Palestine conflict. I was tempted to expound over pages and pages to address what I personally perceive as some of the myths that have been articulated…

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From the Worldly Views Editor:

For the third week in a row, we have continued to receive a number of articles, e-mails, and comments with regards to the series of articles that have been published in the Harbus “Worldly Views” section beginning with the “Sharon vs. Arafat” piece two weeks ago. As I stated when we launched this section in…

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On the Middle East Conflict: Loyalty vs. Facts

Affiliation and group loyalty tend to shape a person’s perspective of the world. Two people with opposing views will have very different subjective readings of the same facts. Sometimes it’s unconscious because people are selective in both the comprehension and retention of information, but other times it is perhaps less so. The Middle East conflict…

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Responses to Sharon vs. Arafat Article

Dear Mr. Will, I am a second year student, originally from Tel Aviv, Israel. I am writing to condemn the article “Sharon vs Arafat” by John Shepherd published in the last Harbus, dated February 19, 2002. As the editor of the HBS newspaper, I expected from you discretion regarding your selection concerning the articles you…

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Sharon vs. Arafat:

Many student and alumni readers of The Harbus took offense at last week’s article, “Sharon vs. Arafat: An Alternative Approach to Peace in the Middle East.” At best, the article displays a partial and flawed understanding of Middle East history. At worst, it misleads readers into accepting lopsided logic. Among the troubling arguments are the…

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Stability Requires Unequivocal Support for Israel

“The Arabs will never make peace with Israel if they think there is a chance of eliminating Israel by force. That is why U.S. unequivocal support for Israel is necessary for stability in the Middle East” -Henry Kissinger former U.S. secretary of state and Nobel peace prize winner I steadfastly defend the right to free…

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Sharon vs. Arafat:

This nation has no permanent allies, only permanent interests.-Lord Palmerston Like the sound of car horns in a Manhattan street, daily accounts of atrocities in the Middle East, at this point in time, barely arouse one’s interest. Recent reports that Yasir Arafat has shown himself to be an untrustworthy participant in the peace process have…

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What's In A Video Tape?

When I arrived in Cairo shortly after the official release by the U.S. government of the “Bin Laden Tape,” I was surprised by the way it was received in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East: barely anyone seemed to take notice of the tape, which was much fanfared in the US and Europe as…

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HBS Community Joins Its Muslim Students For a Ramadan Iftar

On Tuesday December 4th at sundown, 80 students gathered in the Meredith Room in Spangler for an Iftar-the meal that marks the end of a day of fasting. Organized by the Middle East and North Africa Club (MENA), the Iftar was designed to educate the HBS community about the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and…

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Noted Harvard Prof Discusses Islamic Views of America

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Club launched its speaker series last Wednesday with a widely attended speaker event, featuring Professor William Graham, who gave a brief lecture on the historical roots of Islam before taking questions from the audience. Most questions were concerned with current events in the Muslim world as well as…

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Where Do We Go From Here?

In the last four articles on the war against terrorism, we covered many issues. We discussed ongoing military operations, the delicate diplomatic equation in the immediate region, and the changes needed in the Middle East and in American policy to stop the cycle of hatred that breeds terrorists. We now conclude with two potentially uncomfortable…

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Winning The Hearts and Minds

The success of military strikes against the terrorists in Afghanistan will be essential to prevent future massacres like those in Kenya, Tanzania, and the United States. In the long term, however, terrorism can only be eradicated if the United States and its Western allies are viewed as fair brokers and undeserving of the hatred in…

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Anthrax: An Ex-Army Counterintelligence Officer's View

ANTHRAX: Primarily a disease of herbivores; humans and carnivores are incidental hosts. It is generally an occupational hazard primarily of workers who process hides and hair, and of veterinarians, agriculture, and wildlife workers who handle infected animals. Human anthrax is much more common in those agricultural regions of the world where anthrax in animals is…

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"If You Tolerate This, Your Children Will Be Next"

The words in the headline above come from a poster recruiting British volunteers to fight the fascist forces in the Spanish Civil War and were superimposed over a photograph of a dead little girl killed by German bombs in Guernica. They could just as easily be superimposed over photos of the collapsing World Trade Center…

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Do Not Give In to Hate

In the days following the bloodiest day on American soil in our history, we all had strong feelings and turned to sources of reassurance. Clearly, God and Country stood paramount – God would give comfort, and Country would give protection. But, being a member of Generation X, I also turned to what is arguably the…

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